The word “diet” often implies following a special, restricted selection of food either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
If you are following a diet for a medical reason or because you have experienced adverse reactions when eating certain foods, you’re doing it right. You have a relationship with your body. You are listening to your body. You are taking impeccable care of your body. Carry on.
If you are trying a diet to lose weight, please stop torturing yourself.
Sure, it’s possible to lose a little weight suffering on that 10 day, 2 week, or 30 day fad diet, but statistics show most people gain that weight right back– and then some.
The verdict is out: diets fail.
Diets don’t work because people don’t stick to them.
Let’s say you want to learn to play the violin. Every day for 30 days, you practice your violin like a prodigy-in-the-making. At the end of the month, you’ll be 1000x better at playing the violin than you were on Day 1 of your violin diet. Now what happens when you put that violin in the closet after the 30 days, never to touch it again? Exactly. You’ll forget almost all of what you learned, and you won’t be the violin virtuoso you had hoped to be for the rest of your life.
Diets don’t do anything in 30 days!
Do you actually think that something you do for only 30 days out of 30,000 is going to make much of a difference?
Of course not. Because that’s ridiculous.
Losing weight is not about the willpower to follow some magical diet that will change your life in 30 days. Our bodies are incredibly resistant to weight changes. Which is why when you exercise, typically your appetite increases so that you eat more! Your body is regulating itself so that your weight doesn’t change. It’s survival. Your body is good at it. And good thing, too!!
30 days of an extreme diet will not correct XX years of unhealthy eating.
Your health is an accumulative result of the way you eat, overall.
It really doesn’t matter what diet you follow, just as long as the diet is mainly whole foods (foods found naturally, in nature, as opposed to processed “foodstuffs”), you feel fabulous, and you are able to stick with it FOR LIFE.
Whole foods (whether vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, Whole 30, Atkins, etc, etc, etc) are more nutritious and more filling. If it’s a whole food that you personally find delicious and that makes you feel energized and healthy, knock yourself out.
You’re providing, nurturing, and caring for your body. You’re focused on HEALTH.
It’s not about restricting, depriving, or punishing yourself. It’s about changing your relationship to food. When you learn about nutrition, you never “fail” on a diet. You just make different choices at different times.
It’s not a diet, it’s just how you eat.
The answers you seek are so freakin’ SIMPLE.
And they don’t cost $$$. They are FREE.
That fad diet is being sold to you by someone to turn a profit. If you buy into the misinformation, someone gets to buy a yacht.
So why do we buy into these fads?
Because buying into the latest fad and blindly following the newest protocol is so much easier than doing the research ourselves. It’s easier than becoming our own advocate. It’s easier than learning and understanding what is best for the body we live in.
It’s the easy way out.
Invest some time and energy into yourself. Upfront, it takes a little effort, patience, and due diligence. But once you learn how to take care of your body, you’ve scored freedom from all the lies, misinformation, and sales tactics hoping to rope in uninformed seekers, desperate to find a solution.
You are your own solution.
Because you’re worth it.